Starbuck’s death resonated with the characters who cared about her most.
The episode was wonkier than usual for the series.
It’s been 49 days since the last Cylon sighting, and in that respite from battle, the characters have allowed themselves a little time to breathe.
“Woman King” was strengthened by the central performance of Tahmoh Penikett.
The season, so far, has given some of the show’s less-heralded players some good material to work with.
The season’s most ambitious gambit is its attempt to get the viewers to shift their loyalties, ever so briefly, to the side of the Cylons.
The show has always shown a surprising willingness to just jump into situations in medias res when it suits the story
The episode was, for one, a throwback to the series’s more action-packed first season.
Battlestar Galactica does not do flashbacks well.
On the mythology front, Galactica took a few tentative steps forward, mostly onboard the Cylon basestar.
Battlestar Galactica knows how to pose a moral dilemma, but Friday night’s episode did it less gracefully than usual.
For the better part of “Torn,” Battlestar Galactica seemed to almost turn into Lost.
I’m still unconvinced by Heroes, but the series certainly knows how to construct a cliffhanger.